A&E Weekend Top 10

Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: June 22-24, 2018

The Summer Solstice is finally here! Sound the trumpets because there is plenty of music to be found in the Granite State this weekend. No matter your music taste, you are bound to find it here this weekend. But there are also strawberry festivals, a Revolutionary War re-enactment, Market Days in Concord, one big brewfest and much more. We've got your laundry list of fun with our look at the Top 10 Things to Do in NH this weekend.

44th Annual Market Days Festival

Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Be a part of the 44th Annual Market Days Festival in downtown Concord this weekend. This event draws tens of
thousands of people from all over to enjoy three days of family fun. From shopping and eating to music and other
live entertainment, this festival promises something for everyone. This free street festival is a defining annual
occurrence for Intown Concord and downtown Concord. Market Days draws hundreds of vendors, performers, and exhibitors to Main Street and its periphery. Programming includes concerts on South Main Stage, Eagle and
Bicentennial Squares, family-friendly activities on the State House lawn, a beer and hospitality tent in the center of the festival, cool demonstrations, arts and crafts, face painting, and much more. And, one of their events is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cross Main St. by Urban Highline. Participants will be harnessed in and able to hold on to the highline while crossing. Personnel on each end can help pull participants. Get your photo taken with a ticket to the slackline. The cost is $89 to give it a whirl. Admission to the festival is free.

Darci Lynne

Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Darci Lynne Farmer will be stepping on stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. As the winner of this year's (season twelve) NBC competition show "America's Got Talent," Darci is a ventriloquist and a singer. Her act consists of her singing but getting interrupted by her puppet friends. Her characters include Petunia, a singing rabbit who is sort of a diva, Oscar, a stuttering Motown mouse, Edna Doorknocker, a naughty old lady, Katie, a sassy cowgirl who yodels, Okie, a yellow duck who impersonates Elvis, Scarlett, a sassy debutante fox, and Nigel, a very smart British Bird. This young lady will have you laughing and singing along with the puppets and Darci herself. Tickets are $53 - $98.

Barry Goudreau's Engine Room

Saturday, 8 p.m.
If you were a fan of the band Boston, you do not want to miss this show. Barry Goudreau's Engine Room will perform this weekend at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry. Guitarist Barry Goudreau, former member of Boston, recently announced the formation of his new band, Barry Goudreau's Engine Room. The blues/rock outfit includes his former RTZ bandmates Brian Maes on lead vocals and keyboards, as well as Tim Archibald on bass. Both Maes and Archibald were members of Peter Wolf's House Party Five, playing on two of his records and touring the world extensively. The band is rounded out with “Old” Tony Depietro on drums and Mary Beth Maes,Terri O'Soro and Joanie Cicatelli on background vocals. The CD they recorded covers the whole spectrum of blues and rock, from the stripped down blues of "All Mine" to the all out rock assault of "Need." Longtime friend of Goudreau's and legendary bluesman James Montogomery, sits in on harp for "Layin' it Down (In Beantown)." The record was produced by Maes in his studio with Goudreau recording the guitar tracks in his own home studio.“Brian was able to step up and fill the creative void left by Brad Delp's passing, I couldn't have done it without him” says
Goudreau. Barry describes his approach to the development of the CD. “I wanted to look back to the acts of the late sixties and early seventies when they were reinventing the blues in new and exciting ways”. This is your chance to check them out! Tickets are $30 - $35.

2nd Annual Amherst Food Truck Festival

Saturday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit the Amherst Garden Center for the 2nd Annual Amherst Food Truck Festival this weekend. You will find some of the most incredible Food Trucks such as the Crescent City Kitchen, the Tracy Food Girl Truck, the
Forking Awesome Food Truck, Dueling Chefs Smoke-n-Grille, Soul Patrol BBQ, Chez Rafiki's Meddeterain Food Truck and more. There will also be live music from The Wicked Lost Souls, the Rock & Roll Funky Groove Blues Band, Cow Hampshire Folk, and Big DJ, Jr. & the Low Tone. A Craft Beer Garden will also be available to wet your palate. This festival is to show appreciation for our Veterans and to bring the community together with amazing food, music, family and friends. Tickets are $5-$10. Veterans are always free.

14th Annual New England Brewfest

Saturday, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The 14th Annual New England Brewfest will be held at Loon Mountain in Lincoln this weekend. This is great news for brewers and craft beer lovers. New England Brewfest, one of the most well-respected annual beer festivals, will celebrate its 14th season in the scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire. So come for the day or spend the whole weekend; there's plenty to do! Beer aficionados, industry professionals and people taking a weekend getaway in New England will savor brand-new brews and enjoy the one-of-a-kind sights of Loon Mountain. What's on tap? Jack's Abby Craft Lagers, Bantam Modern American Cider, Shipyard Brewing Company, the Throwback Brewery, Kona Brewing Company, Tuckerman Brewing Company, the Woodstick Inn Brewery, and many more. The Jonathan Sarty Band will be headlining our event this year. There is a newly added ticket option for non-drinkers. Tickets are $25 (non-drinkers) with two sessions with a price range of $45 - $70.

John Fogerty and ZZ Top

Friday, 7 p.m.
Come see John Fogerty and ZZ Top at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford this weekend. Fogerty received his first piano at age 12. By age 14 he was already in a band called the Blue Velvets, which was later renamed the Golliwogs after the signed a record deal. Out of this, the classic rock song, "Brown Eyed Girl" became a minor hit. Fogerty was drafted shortly afterward, and he later recalled the seemingly endless marching drills with the Army Reserve as a catalyst for all sorts of creative imagery. He rejoined his bandmates with a renewed focus on writing, and the group changed its name to Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967. Fogerty recorded his debut 1973 solo album under the pseudonym the Blue Ridge Rangers, and his sophomore effort, John Fogerty (1975), yielded a hit with "Rockin' All Over the World." Even as he neared his 70th birthday, the rock legend showed no signs of slowing down. He embarked on a "His Songs from 1969 and More" tour in late 2014, and in 2015 he joined the cast of Season 9 of The Voice as a mentor for Adam Levine's team. Fogerty's long-awaited autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life My Music, hit bookstores that autumn. Since then, he continues to perform regularly. ZZ Top began as a rough-and-ready blues-rock power trio from Texas that became a huge mid-1970s concert attraction. Their real commercial peak didn't come, however, until the 1980s, when the "Little Ol' Band from Texas" became MTV superstars and sold multiple millions of albums. ZZ Top was built around guitarist Billy
Gibbons, whose career began with the popular Southwestern band Moving Sidewalks, whose "99th Floor" was a regional mid-'60s hit. They opened one night for Jimi Hendrix, and he later mentioned Gibbons on The Tonight
Show as one of America's best young guitarists. After Moving Sidewalks broke up, Gibbons and manager/
producer Bill Ham recruited Frank Beard and Dusty Hill from a Dallas band, American Blues. One of the few rock & roll groups with its original members still aboard after four decades, ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100 percent American in derivation. With the trio still a firm fixture on the worldwide touring circuit, ZZ Top continue to perform all over the word. Tickets are $39.75 - $99.75.

Montgomery Gentry

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The country band Montgomery Gentry, who will perform this weekend at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth, was set to release a dynamic new album "Here's to You" to mark the duo's 20th anniversary, they were forced to tour with a new meaning and begin a triumphant start to a new legacy. This tour represents the struggle of losing Troy Gentry, who died in a helicopter crash in September 2017 at the age of 50. The new collection of music was recorded before his death and serves as a reminder of the iconic pair's powerful presence and also points to fruitful future for Eddie Montgomery and the Montgomery Gentry brand. The album's title, "Here's To You," is both a tribute to Troy and to the band's rabid fans. "We don't call them fans, we call them friends," says Eddie. "They're who got us our deal." With 20 plus charted singles, the Kentucky-born duo earned Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards as well as a GRAMMY nomination with undeniable blue-collar anthems such as "Hell Yeah," "My Town," and "Hillbilly Shoes." They've notched five No. 1 singles ("If You Ever Stop Loving Me," "Something To Be Proud Of," "Lucky Man," "Back When I Knew It All" and "Roll With Me") and were inducted as Grand Ole Opry members in 2009. The duo, whose trademark sound combined Southern Rock and Country, achieved Platinum certification on three of their albums and Gold certification on three others. The band's legacy remains solidly intact and a robust touring schedule will ensure that the music that they labored over for two years will be shared with old and new “friends” alike. Two thousand and eighteen will no doubt be celebrated and remembered as the next chapter for the kindred spirits who pledged to continue their musical journey and put their friends first no matter what. Tickets are $49 - $89.

Dairy Day

Saturday, 10 a.m.
It's Dairy Day at the NH Farm Museum in Milton! Check out all things dairy at this special event. If you love butter, cheese, yogurt, whipped cream, milk or ice cream, don't miss this event! You will learn how these foods are made, and can try your hand at making some of them yourself. Ever-Green Gables Farm and members of the Clever Clover 4-H group of Milton will be here to answer any and all questions you might have about various dairy goat breeds and raising dairy goats yourself, and they'll be selling goat's milk, goat's milk yogurt, and beautiful handcrafted soaps made from goat's milk. Kids can milk a pretend cow, make their own cow mask, play "pin the tail on the moo cow", do a Dairy Day barn hunt, and search for hidden milk caps (and redeem them for a prize). The whole family can join in on a Dairy Day Story, take guided house tours with costumed interpreters explaining and demonstrating butter and cheese making through the last 300 years, go on an animal tour and meet our lambs, calves, and goats, crack corn and feed the chickens and go on a tractor pulled wagon ride around the property. House tours will kick off at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Ice cream and whipped cream
making starts at 1 p.m. Your admission to this event includes a complimentary dish of fabulous homemade ice
cream from our wonderful Dairy Day sponsor Lone Oak Ice Cream in Rochester (ice cream scooping starts at 1:30 p.m.). Admission is $4 - $20.


Sunday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Raffi, North America's preeminent family entertainer, turns 70 this year, and he is marking the occasion with a new album and a series of #belugagrads concerts, including a family show at the Capitol Center for the Arts this weekend. Proceeds benefit The Centre for Child Honouring. Raffi will sing his hits like "Baby Beluga" and "Down by the Bay," and introduce new songs from his upcoming album. VIP tickets will include an opportunity to meet Raffi in person after the show. Raffi is a singer, songwriter, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children. He is best known for his work as a children's entertainer and advocate whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings includes his iconic song, "Baby Beluga." Once called "the most popular children's singer in the English-speaking world" (Washington Post) and "Canada's all-time children's champion" (Toronto Star), Raffi is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations' Earth Achievement Award. He has published three books for adults and holds four honorary degrees. Tickets are $39.50 - $78.

FARM-A-Q 2018

Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit the Coppal House Farm in Lee this weekend for a family-friendly FARM-A-Q. A joint effort of Slow Food Seacoast and the Heirloom Harvest Project, Farm-a-Q is a picnic-style event with a bounty of heirloom and heritage foods grown on local farms and prepared by some of the area's best chefs. This year we are hosted by John & Carol Hutton of Coppal House Farm in Lee NH. The day will feature tastings, demonstrations, live music, children's nature-based activities, tabling by numerous local community organizations, and best of all, the amazing locally grown, picnic-style meal prepared by our even more amazing local chefs. This year's participating restaurants include another incredible line up: 1652, Anju/The Wilder, Black Birch, Black Trumpet, Carriage House, Earth's Harvest Kitchen Juicery, Embers Bakery, Festina Lente, Franklin Oyster House, Joinery, Martingale Wharf, Moxy, Nibblesworth, Otis.Restaurant, Vida Cantina/Ornells BBQ/Vida Tortilla. It's summer. Are you ready for your first FARM-A-Q? Tickets are $30.

Revolutionary War: Stark's Mustering of the Militia

Saturday, 10 a.m.
Visit the Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown for a re-enactment from the Revolutionary War - Stark's Mustering of the Militia! The year is 1777, and General John Stark is mustering the militia at the Fort at No. 4 to join the army in
the battle for independence. Heed Gen. Stark's call and join the militia as they prepare to head towards Bennington to route “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne on his march to Saratoga. A recruiter will be onsite and ready to accept your enlistment at 10:30 a.m. Enlistment is open to all visitors, so drill with the re-enactors in their preparations, then attend a presentation at 1 p.m. on the life of John Stark. The weekend will be punctuated by a dance on Saturday night, open to the public for a separate fee. Admission is $10.

Gordon Lightfoot

Friday, 8 p.m.
Gordon Lightfoot will take the stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend. After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it's safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as "Early Morning Rain," "If You Could Read My Mind," "Carefree Highway," "Sundown," "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald," "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," and "Rainy Day People" to name a few. On his "Gordon Lightfoot In Concert: The Legend Lives On" tour, he will feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics. All of which are woven together with some of Lightfoot's own behind the scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-year musical career. The event is sure to be a great thrill for live audiences and anyone who enjoys hearing great music and seeing a living legend in person. Tickets are $49.50.

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